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Qatar FM arrives in Kuwait to give reply on demands

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The foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, after their meeting, refrained from announcing further sanctions on Qatar and said the boycott would continue.

"We are today at a new situation after the Qatari rejection, and it is a rejection that will not pass without a price, and Qatar alone bears responsibility for this reaction".

The conditions include severing ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, scaling back relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia's rival for regional hegemony; shutting the government-funded Al Jazeera television station, which has been critical of other autocratic governments in the region; and end Turkey's military presence in Qatar.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has blamed Qatar for "human suffering" in Syria and Libya in an exclusive interview with CNN.

"With respect to future measures, we are in constant communication".

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In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani dismissed the demands as "against the global law".

Countries isolating Qatar Wednesday considered no further sanctions and called for more consultations after Doha dismissed the 13-demand list in a response handed to the quartet through Kuwait.

"Yesterday, we arranged that the Qataris would meet our secret services... open all the books and show them when we have questions about certain people or structures", German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Deutschlandfunk public radio Thursday, upon returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as Kuwait - the mediator in the ongoing dispute between the two countries.

Qatar faces further isolation and possible expulsion from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) if its response to a list of demands made almost two weeks ago is not deemed satisfactory.

During a press statement that followed their meeting, Saudi's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said: "The political and economic boycott will remain until Qatar changes its policies for the better".

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The four countries cut ties with Qatar over its close ties to Iran and alleged support for terrorist groups, something Doha denies.

He also warned that a raft of "fresh measures" would be taken against Qatar at the "appropriate time".

With the USA president signaling his desire to see a resolution, and his broader goal of boosting the American economy, there is also a limit to how deep further economic sanctions on Qatar can go.

Meanwhile, Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan kept up the pressure on Qatar.

The Saudi-led group announced no new sanctions but indicated that Qatar could be expelled from the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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US President Donald Trump spoke with the Egyptian President, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, on Wednesday, "urging all parties to negotiate constructively to resolve the dispute".

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